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Minorities contributing equally in the fight against COVID-19: Naqvi

Over 1500 health care assistants, trained under skill development programme of Minority Affairs Ministry are assisting in treatment and well-being of Corona patients said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

New Delhi: "More than 1500 Health Care Assistants, who have been trained under skill development programme of Minority Affairs Ministry, are assisting in treatment and well-being of Corona patients," said Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi here in New Delhi on Saturday. Naqvi said that these health care assistants include 50 percent girls who are helping in the treatment of Corona patients in various hospitals and health care centres across the country. This year, more than 2000 other health care assistants will be trained by the Minority Affairs Ministry. The Ministry is providing one-year training to Health Care Assistants through various health organisations and reputed hospitals of the country.

Naqvi further said that different waqf boards across the country have contributed Rs 51 crore in PM and CM relief funds for Corona pandemic with the support of various religious, social and educational organisations. Besides, these waqf boards are also distributing food and other essential commodities among the needy.

The minister said that 16 Haj Houses across the country have been given to state governments for quarantine and isolation facilities for Corona affected people. Various state governments are utilising the facilities at these Haj Houses according to their needs. He also said that Aligarh Muslim University has contributed Rs 1.40 crore in “PM-CARES” fund. AMU Medical College has also arranged 100 beds for treatment of Corona patients. AMU has also arranged Corona tests, more than 9000 tests have been done till now.

Naqvi further added that quarantine and isolation facilities were arranged at Khwaja Model School and KayadVishramsthali at Ajmer Sharif Dargah for Corona affected people. More than 4500 Jayarin belonging to all religions from across the country were provided food, accommodation and health facilities during the lockdown. These facilities were arranged by Dargah Committee, Dargah Khadims and Sajjada-nashin. The Dargah Committee and its other associated organisations provided facilities worth about Rs 1 crore which also included arrangements to send the people back to their states. Towards confidence-building measure he added that face masks have been prepared on large scale under #SeekhoAurKamao skill development programme of the Minority Affairs Ministry, these masks are being distributed among the needy. The Minority Affairs Ministry will launch “Jaan bhi, Jahan bhi” awareness campaign to make the people aware of social distancing and other guidelines for safety from Corona.